Family and Pet friendly! Close to town and the river.

The cozy Mama Bear's Cabin up the hill from Papa Bear's Lodge and Baby Bear's Cottage (see listings #46584, and #72370), is available year round.

The cabin has two bedrooms and 1 bath. There is a queen-size bed, a nnn double bed and double pull-out futon (in living room) to accommodate up to 4 people. It is best suited for up to 4 adults or a family of 4 or 5. In the living room is a gas hearth stove. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics. Enjoy the large hot tub which awaits just off the back deck.

Some games and books are provided for your leisure. This is a great place for the honeymoon couple or small family. If you are booking Papa Bear's Lodge for a larger event, this is the perfect place for overflow guests who want a little more privacy.

Hiking and biking trails are right here. Gold Panning, Golf, miniature golf, and go cart rides are close by. Kayak and canoe rentals are available in Grass Valley for use on nearby Scotts Flat Lake or Rollins Lake. We are only 3.5 mies from the beautiful South Yuba River.

Please note that we are next to an 80 acre summer camp. During the months of May-August,camp is in session and you will hear 'happy' camp noises from time to time during the day. Quiet hours start at 9:30 p.m for the campers, 10:00p.m. for our cabin guests.

Swimming, tennis and a children's play ground are in Nevada City and Grass Valley. We are just a 45 minute drive to the nearest ski area for downhill or cross country skiing, and sledding. Downtown Nevada City is two and a half miles away, where you will find fine dining, wine tasting, great theater, musical entertainment, art galleries and a fun shopping experience in this charming historic gold rush town.

Historic Grass Valley is just another three miles away with more of the same, and we are 1 1/2 hours drive from either Sacramento or Tahoe.

Amenities: Down comforters on some beds (in winter). Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, DSL and wifi, gas hearth stove, ample parking. There is a phone for local calls. Cell phones do not work well here but you can text. This is a non-smoking property.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, let us know and we will gladly make dinner reservations for you, or obtain special items such as Champagne, Chocolates, or a Special Bouquet.

Activities: Theater, fine dining, wine tasting, musical events, shopping, galleries, hiking and biking, boating, fishing, swimming, tennis and other outdoor activities are all located within a short distance.

Come join us for the Fourth of July small town parade. It is wonderful, as is the Constitution Day parade in September. In June on Father's Day weekend come see the famous bike races down the middle of town. In July we have three 'Summer Nights', the last three Wednesdays in the month.The streets are closed to traffic and lined with food and craft vendors.

In July is the return of the Worldfest with 8 stages of music, children's programs, workshops, dance, artisans and international food.

Don't miss the Bluegrass Festival, Music In The Mountains, Halloween, Mardi Gras, Fall colors, etc., etc., etc.

Enjoy Victorian Christmas, the first three Wednesday nights, and the last Sunday before Christmas.You'll find artisans, food venders and all the shops open late. The gas streetlights, Victorian carolers, and friendly merchants make this the place to visit and shop for the holidays.

Area: The Yuba River,, with many deep pools and massive smooth boulders is only minutes from our home. A beautiful trail meanders along its banks for miles.

Lake Vera is a small lake surrounded by summer camps. Our cabins are located on 5 acres next to Camp Augusta. In the summer months (late May to mid August) you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire, then off to bed by 9:30, quiet hour.

We want your lodging experience to be most enjoyable. Part of that enjoyment comes from selecting the vacation property that best fits your needs. Mama Bear’s Cabin was built in 1985 and is 650 sq. ft., a good space for 2 to 4 people. The style is simple, clean and unpretentious. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics you need for cooking, but if you are a gourmet chef, this may not be the place for you. Some of the dishes are hand made pottery. Not everything matches. There is no dishwasher. Garbage needs to be disposed of carefully to avoid attracting those wild critters. Collecting compost scraps and recycling is required, and a conservative energy usage strongly encouraged. There is no central heat. There is a hearth stove, a wall furnace. and a window air conditioner. Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have questions or concerns.


  • Television(TV)
  • Video Library
  • Music Library
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • No Smoking
Kitchen & Dining
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Hot Tub
Outdoor Features
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Pool & Spa Facilities
  • Hot Tub
Popular Amenities
  • Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Fireplace
  • Basic Soaps
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Satellite or Cable
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Heater
  • Children Welcome

Location Map



Season Nightly Weekly Weekend Monthly Min Stay
Standard Rate
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$165.00 - - - 2
Additional information about rental rates
  • Pet Fee $25.00
  • Cleaning Fee $70.00

Policies & Payments

Additional Guest Fee $15
Major holidays the rate increases to $175/nt, including the two weeks during and after Christmas, through New Year's Day.
Additional guests beyond 2 (up to 5 total): $15/nt. ea. + tax
We accept up to 2 dogs (sorry, no cats). One dog is $25, second dog is 15 per stay/per week. Please check the appropriate pet fee boxes when booking on-line.
Large groups renting all three cabins ask about event fee.


As two momma bears (and best friends) ourselves, we enjoyed a quiet weekend here with our cubs. It was beautiful and we had lots of fun.

Had a nice relaxing weekend at the Mama Bear cabin. Really enjoyed the privacy of the place & our time spent in the spa. Cabin is much bigger than it looks in the pictures. We would definitely book this cabin again.

We enjoyed this relatively simple but cozy cabin in the woods. Everything was as advertised. A nice, relaxing way to get away from the world for a while. Really close to great hikes and scenery. Also, the hot tub was great!

Nearby Nevada City is gem. Purdon Crossing a short drive away has many picturesque swimming holes. And the cabin is lovely and spacious. The summer camp next door is closed 2020 due to the pandemic so it was probably much quieter than it usually is. Hosts were friendly and communicative. I'd go back for sure!

This was my second trip to Mama Bear's Cabin. The property is lovely, and the cabin is cozy, comfy, and clean. My sons (5 and 14), husband, and our Boston mix came along. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and the deck. The hosts are kind and responsive.

Cute cozy cabin in a great location for outdoor activities.

The mama bear cabin is an oasis of peace in the Nevada county woods. René and Drue really go above and beyond to keep the place lovely, and it shows.

We loved our stay. The cabin has everything you’d ever want. It’s clean, comfortable and close to town. We’ll definitely be back!

We had a relaxing time here! The perfect cabin for a getaway from the busy city—but still a short distance drive from downtown. Well equipped kitchen, cozy rooms, and a nice deck area. Responsive and caring hosts. Will definitely be back again :)

This is our second time there and we just love it. The cabin is exactly what a cabin should be and the hot tub under the stars is amazing. You cannot go wrong renting here.